Gender and Sexuality: Critical Theories, Critical Thinkers

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SAGE, May 20, 2005 - Social Science - 293 pages
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This accessible introduction to gender and sexuality theory offers a comprehensive overview and critique of the key contemporary literature and debates in feminism, sexuality studies and men's studies.

Chris Beasley's clear and concise introduction combines a wide-ranging survey of the major theorists and key concepts in an ever-growing and often passionately debated field.

The book contextualizes a wide range of feminist perspectives, including: modernist, liberal, postmodern, queer and gender difference feminism; and in the realm of sexuality studies covers modernist liberationism, social constructionism, transgender theorising and queer theory. In men's studies, Chris Beasley examines areas of debate ranging from gender and masculinity to questions of race, ethnicity, imperialism and gay masculinities. Interconnections between the subfields are highlighted, and Beasley considers the implications of body theory for all three.

Key theorists covered include:

Altman· Brod· Butler · Califia· Carbado· Connell· Dowsett ·Grosz· Halberstam· Hook · Jackson· Jagose· Nussbaum· Rich· Seidman· Spivak· Stoltenberg· Weeks· Whittle· Wolf· Wollstonecraft

The only book of its kind to draw together all the important strands of gender analysis, Gender and Sexuality is a timely and impressive overview that is invaluable to students and academics taking courses on gender and feminist theory, sexuality and masculinity.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
GenderFeminist Studies
9
an Overview
11
Liberal Feminism Wollstonecraft to Wolf
28
Nussbaum
36
WomenCentred Identity Politics to Sexual Difference Rich to Grosz
45
Sexual Difference
60
Feminism and RaceYEthnicityImperialism RHI hooks to Spivak
73
Jackson Weeks
135
Weeks
144
Califia
152
Jagose Seidman
161
GenderMasculinity Studies
175
an Overview
177
Brod
186
between Gender Difference and Categorical Social Constructionism Stoltenberg
199

hooks
86
Butler
96
Butler Whittle
105
Sexuality Studies
115
an Overview
117
Altman
127
RaceEthnicityImperialism and Gay Masculinities Dowsett Carbado
210
Socialist Profeminism and Relational Social
222
Conclusion
241
Bibliography
258
Index
287
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About the author (2005)

Dr. Chris Beasley is Professor in Politics and Co-Director of the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender at the University of Adelaide. Dr Beasley primarily teaches in three areas of Political Studies: social and political theory, gender and sexuality studies, and cultural politics. She has been previously been located in Sociology, Women's Studies, Aboriginal Studies and Education. Her books include Heterosexuality in Theory and Practice (with Heather Brook and Mary Holmes, Routledge, 2012), Engaging with Carol Bacchi (edited with Angelique Bletsas, University of Adelaide Press, 2012), Gender & Sexuality: Critical Theories, Critical Thinkers (SAGE, 2005), What is Feminism? (Sage, 1999) and Sexual Economyths (Allen & Unwin, 1994).

She is currently writing a book on contemporary popular film titled The Cultural Politics of Popular Film: Power, Culture and Society (with Heather Brook, Manchester UP) and preparing another book, Internet Dating (with Mary Holmes, Routledge). Dr Beasley is also engaged in several research projects, including critical thinking in the first year university experience, embodied ethics and revaluing care, innovations in heterosexuality and hetero-masculinity.

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